Ohio's impending $6-8 billion budget shortfall and declining local property tax revenues will hit local school districts hard. Both state and local education officials are starting to examine their spending practices, seeking bold and creative ways to cut costs. Districts in particular are clamoring for ideas about how to make smart budget cuts and better spend their scarce resources without negatively impacting student learning -- but there are few precedents in Ohio for successful belt tightening and rethinking in K-12 education spending.
Fortunately, there are ideas and best practices from elsewhere about how schools can save money and enhance student achievement by overcoming the particular forces and factors that make effective cost cutting difficult. These are the subject of a forthcoming book from Harvard Education Press, Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts can Save Money While Serving Students Best.
Join three of the nation’s foremost experts on school finance for breakfast and a robust panel discussion about how the Buckeye State can “do more with less” and maintain educational quality.
Marguerite Roza, Ph.D.
Senior Data and Economic Advisor, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Steven F. Wilson
Founder and President, Ascend Learning and Senior Fellow, Education Sector
Vice President and Treasurer, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Vice President for Ohio Programs and Policy, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute